Soul Man
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An ambitious but spoiled rich white kid wins a scholarship to Harvard Law School by pretending to be African-American in this broadly played comedy. After his father cuts him off financially, Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell) wins a full tuition scholarship to Harvard by claiming to be African-American on the application form. With the help of his best friend, Gordon (Arye Gross), Mark acquires some bronzing pills, a new hairdo, and a lowered voice. Disguised as a black student, Mark thinks that he's going to breeze through the program. The reality of being a minority at a mostly white… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This social farce is excellently written, fast paced and intelligently directed."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The pity is, it isn't even outrageous."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"Amiable but politically confused."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Unreal, politically dumb premise with Howell in blackface ."
‑ Steve Crum,
"In the end, however, it's let down by one easy laugh too many."
‑ , Time Out
"Of course, simply everyone is completely bamboozled by our hero's disguise, even though he now looks like a Ken doll with liver disease."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Howell is awesome in this unforgettable comedy classic"
‑ Clint Morris, Brag Magazine
"Ultimately its refusal to tackle any real issues makes this a thoroughly bland American comedy."
‑ , Film4
"It's a blithe, silly, good-natured movie and, of its kind, quite an enjoyable one."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This is a genuinely interesting idea, filled with dramatic possibilities, but the movie approaches it on the level of a dim-witted sit-com."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The comedy was out of date before they even made this, no matter how much they try and twist the ending."
‑ Liz Beardsworth, Empire Magazine
"An insult"
‑ Bob Ross, Tampa Tribune
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